Proclaiming the Lordship and
Love of Jesus Christ!
Serving Charismatic Catholics in the counties of
San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin.
As a lay organization, the mission of the Charismatic Renewal is:
- To help all people come to know the love of God in their lives as demonstrated through our Lord, Jesus Christ.
- To help our brothers and sisters respond to God's love by loving God in return through a commitment to serve Christ and His Church.
- To assist them to listen and follow the movement of the Holy Spirit at work in their lives.
- To help our brothers and sisters recognize the ministry that God has called them to, and accept the gifts that God desires to bestow upon them for His work in our Church and in our world.
- To lead them to a New Life offered to us by the Holy Spirit.
Rejecting Holy Spirit's Work in Vatican II
Is 'Foolish,' Pope Says
Vatican City, Apr 17, 2013 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The work of the Holy Spirit at the Second Vatican Council is not yet finished, Pope Francis said, because many in the Church are unwilling to fully embrace what God inspired in the council fathers.
In his homily at an April 16 Mass at St. Martha's Residence, the Pope observed that the Holy Spirit always "moves us, makes us walk and pushes the Church forward."
However, he said, we often respond by saying, "Don't bother us."
"We want to put the Holy Spirit to sleep," the Pontiff noted. "We want to ‘tame' the Holy Spirit. And that doesn't work, because He is God. He is the wind that comes and goes and we know not from where."
"He is the strength of God, the one who gives us comfort and drives us to continue forward," Pope Francis continued. But the idea of "going forward" is what often bothers us, because we want to "remain comfortable," he explained.
"This temptation is still here today," the Holy Father observed, pointing the Second Vatican Council as an example.
"The Council was a beautiful work of the Holy Spirit," he stressed.
"But after 50 years have we done everything that the Holy Spirit told us at the Council?" he asked, questioning whether the Church currently contains the council's "continuity of growth."
"No," he answered.
Some Catholics want to "build a monument" to the council without being willing to change, the Pope lamented. "And what's more, there are some who want to turn back."
"This is called being stubborn, this is called wanting to tame the Holy Spirit, this called being foolish and slow of heart," he stressed.
The same thing happens with our own personal lives, the Holy Father continued, explaining that we often resist when "the Holy Spirit pushes us to take a more evangelical path."
"Do not resist the Holy Spirit," Pope Francis urged. "It is the Spirit that makes us free, with that freedom of Jesus, that freedom of the children of God!"
"This is the grace that I wish all of us would ask of the Lord: docility to the Holy Spirit, to that Spirit who comes to us and makes us advance down the path of holiness, that holiness of the Church that is so beautiful," the Pope concluded.
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Archbishop Cordileone is asking local Catholics to pray and sacrifice in 4 ways to protect freedom, marriage and life.
PRAYING TO CHANGE THE CULTURE
My Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Renewal,
I'd like to echo the invitation of Archbishop Cordileone and the rest of the Catholic Bishops of the United States to advance a movement for Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty through prayer, penance and sacrifice. Prayers and acts of penance and sacrifice have always been the source of strength for the heroes and champions of our faith. By their lives of prayer and penance, they were able to bring about transformation in the society and culture of their time. As we face similar challenges today, we are once again encouraged to pray for rebuilding a culture favorable to life, marriage and for increased protections of religious liberty. This call to prayer is prompted by the recent disregard of life through senseless killings and abortions, the HHS Mandate, which would require religious employers to provide employee benefits that are judged to be immoral, and a culture intent on redefining marriage. Our Bishops' invitation to prayer and sacrifice hopes to increase awareness of the Church's challenges and build spiritual stamina among us so that we can be effective and joyful witnesses of the New Evangelization during this Year of Faith and beyond.
Attached is the article, "Praying To Change The Culture", that appeared in Catholic San Francisco. I'd encourage you to read the beautiful write-up that outlines clearly what we should do during this Year of Faith. As members of the SF Renewal, let us support the call of our Bishops by inviting our own families, friends and prayer groups in joining our respective parishes and communities through the following:
- (1) Eucharistic Adoration;
- (2) Prayers of the Faithful at Mass;
- (3) Praying the Rosary;
- (4) Fasting & Abstinence on Fridays; and
- (5) Fortnight For Freedom in June/July.
Thank you and may the Holy Spirit continue to strengthen us in making our faith visible and relevant in the world we live in.
Fr. Ray –
Rev. Raymund Reyes – Liaison,
San Francisco Archdiocese Catholic Charismatic Renewal
"You Will Receive Power"
"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes down
on you; then you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria,
yes, even to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8)
"Today, millions of Catholics in more than 115 countries are involved in
the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. What accounts for this dramatic
growth? Those involved in the Renewal say that God has touched
them in some profound way, releasing the power of the Holy Spirit in
The goal of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal is to serve the mission of the Church by enabling people to live a renewed and Christian life in the power of the Holy Spirit. Every Christian is called to be charismatic – that is, to be equipped with gifts of service for the good of the Church. (1Cor.12)
In the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Catholics speak of being "baptized in the Holy Spirit." This statement does not change the Catholic teaching about the Sacrament of Baptism. It simply means that the power of the Spirit received in the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation often awaits a fuller "release" in the lives of many Christians."
Click here to view a video about the History of the Charismatic Renewal in the Catholic Church.
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